In 2015, a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California killing six people and injuring seven others. The tragedy raised awareness about the need for regular safety inspections on multifamily buildings with three or more units.
On September 17, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 721 into law. The bill requires periodic safety inspections of balconies, decks, and stairwells in multifamily buildings with three or more units. Owners have until January 1, 2025, to complete the first inspection. What does this mean for property owners?
What is “Senate Bill No. 721”
For property owners, the new law SB-712 requires that all multifamily buildings with three or more units have their balconies, decks, and stairwells inspected for safety every six years by a licensed contractor. The first inspection must be completed by January 2025. After the first inspection, inspections must be conducted at least once every six years.
The bill also requires that owners of buildings with three or more units provide written notice to tenants, occupants, and condo homeowners associations of the inspection schedule and results. The bill gives the owner the option to post the information on an online platform, such as a website or mobile app, in addition to providing written notice.
SB-71 does not specifically state how often an inspection must be conducted, but it does require that the first inspection be completed by January 2025. After the first inspection, inspections must be conducted at least once every six years.
This new law is important because it will help to ensure the safety of Californians who live in multifamily buildings. By requiring periodic inspections, we can catch potential problems before they become dangerous or even deadly.
What Is The Cost To Inspect My Building?
The cost of an inspection will vary depending on the size and complexity of the building. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $5000 for a comprehensive inspection. While this may seem like a lot of money, it is important to remember that your safety is worth the investment.
If you live in a multifamily building, be sure to ask your property manager about SB-72 and how it will affect you. It is important to stay informed and make sure that your building is up to code. Keep in mind that the cost of an inspection is nothing compared to the cost of a serious accident. Your safety is worth the investment!
If you are a property owner, manager, or condo homeowner association member in California, be sure to stay up-to-date on SB-71 and comply with the new requirements. Your tenants and occupants will thank you!
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